Concrete roof tiles on the Moose Hotel & Suites buildings meet national park requirement that large-scale developments enhance views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The newly completed Moose Hotel & Suites complex in picturesque Banff, Alberta, Canada, offers four-star lodging to tourists looking to experience a place known for exceptional natural beauty. It is one of the largest hotel developments to be built in the area since the Canadian federal government enacted its 1998 commercial growth cap. Devised to prevent any large-scale developments from destroying the general beauty of the national park, the growth cap requires all new projects to enhance views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The Moose Hotel & Suites does just that.
Developer Banff Caribou Properties, also located in Banff, has built and operated a number of quality hospitality facilities in the area over the years, fueled by a true appreciation for the region’s unparalleled land and views. They understood that the 174-room Moose Hotel & Suites would not only need to provide much-needed lodging for the area’s thriving tourism industry, but would also need to aesthetically complement the natural surroundings and satisfy government regulations.
Longtime Banff Caribou Properties collaborator and architect Ted Darch, owner of Calgary-based E. J. Darch Architect Ltd, envisioned a hotel-building layout that would take advantage of, and complement, the views. He designed the hotel to resemble a village with a courtyard placed in the center as a means for capturing the visual drama of the mountains.
The roofing contractor selected for the project, Brock Hanson, CEO of Banff-based Rocky Mountain Sundeck & Roof, boasts a longtime relationship with the developer, having completed many roof projects for the lodging leader over the years. Both architect and contractor worked together to ensure the roof, as a major focal point of the property, helped the hotel meet strict building guidelines. Their roof solution was also designed to withstand Canada’s subarctic weather and to provide an aesthetic worthy of gracing a large new hotel in a renowned national park.
Rocky Mountain Sundeck and Roof was key in the selection of Boral Roofing’s Saxony Slate 900 red-tile roof for the project, and the region’s weather patterns were a paramount driver in that choice. As part of the Alberta province of Western Canada, Banff’s climate features winters that drop to as low as – 40 F, with 15 to 40 in. of precipitation, primarily snow, falling each year.
The custom-manufactured concrete tile is engineered to be an enduring roofing solution. Concrete tile provides high energy efficiency, while insulating spray foam helps maintain the indoor temperature of the guest rooms and amenity areas, providing better indoor comfort and reducing the hotel’s overall energy demands and costs.
Because the property is essentially located in a forest, the tile’s Class A fire rating was also key in its selection. The tile helps withstand flying embers that are endemic with forest fires, helping to protect the structure from ignition should those embers land on a roof.
The tile was also selected to meet aesthetic goals, which were deemed even more important than usual because of the government regulations. Capturing the appearance of natural slate, the roof tile complements the inherent beauty of the three-story hotel’s rustic mountain-lodge style in a rich red shade.
As a sustainable roofing material, the concrete tile is manufactured using naturally occurring and abundant geologic materials, incorporates no chemical preservatives, is 100% recyclable at the end of its life on the roof, and requires little maintenance.
One of the major challenges of the project, as with many construction projects of this magnitude, was meeting milestones to ensure completion and full operation by summer of 2016. Rocky Mountain Sundeck & Roof began work on the project in December 2014, completing the roofs of single buildings after the framing of each was completed. Most of the process was aided by good weather. However, strict deadlines required Rocky Mountain Sundeck and Roof installers to work with their supplier over the holiday period to have the tiles delivered and mocked up so that Banff Caribou Properties personnel could approve the color, finish, and spec details. Because of the team’s diligence, complete installation of the 93,000-sq.-ft. of roofing occurred in the spring of 2016 as hotel construction was nearing completion.
Now fully operational, The Moose Hotel & Suites complex features several guest-room configurations, along with a restaurant, fitness center, spa, and two rooftop pools. Exceptional landscaping and panoramic views are major focal points of the guest experience, seamlessly tying the hotel to the landscape and the region’s outdoor lifestyle.